The Miracle of the Black Seed Oil
The Black Seed, also scientifically known as Nigella Sativa, and most commonly known as Kalonji in Pakistan has been used medicinally for thousands of years.
There are multiple bioactive agents in black seed oil. Two of the most notable constituents are thymol and thymoquinone. Thymol is known for its antiseptic properties, whereas thymoquinone is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Black seed oil also contains linoleic acid, oleic acid, and palmitic acid.
It is also a source of saponins, which can help boost the immune system, reduce bone loss and cancer risks, and help control blood cholesterol. Trace amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, and vitamin C are also present.
Health Benefits of Black Seed Oil
In traditional medicine, the black seed oil is used for many different kinds of health conditions. It is used in so many treatments that in fact, it has been referred to as a “universal healer”. Many of its health benefits include:
High in Antioxidants
Black Seed oil is found to be high in antioxidants and as many people are aware of the fact that antioxidants are very important for our health as research has indicated that they can reduce inflammation and protect against conditions like heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer.
Helps in Treating Asthma
Asthma is a condition because of which the lining of your airways become swollen which makes it difficult for you to breathe, The anti-inflammatory effects of black seed oil extend to improving asthma symptoms. Its effect in reducing inflammation in the airways and relaxes the muscles in the airways.
Promotes Weight Loss
Research has shown that the consumption of black seed oil helps reduce body mass index (BMI) in individuals with obesity, metabolic syndrome, or type 2 diabetes. Black seed oil helps control insulin production and manages insulin levels. Proper glucose control can reduce cravings and a proper and healthy diet will help you lose weight.
Helps With Inflammation
Inflammation can cause people to develop certain diseases, while also being an effect of other illnesses. The pain associated with inflammation makes it difficult for many people to do everyday things. Black seed oil’s anti-inflammatory properties help significantly ease these symptoms. A study done in Iran in 2014 found that black seed oil also eased inflammation amongst patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Fights Hair Fall
Black seed oil comprises Nigellone and Thymoquinone which aids in fighting hair fall and promotes hair growth. Black seed oil nourishes the hair follicles and helps in preventing the hair from falling. It is safe to apply black seed oil directly to your hair and scalp and is a safe and natural way to promote hair growth.
Good for the Skin
Black seed oil can also be used by applying it to your skin which can help fight different kinds of skin infections due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects. Research shows that a number of skin infections can be treated with black seed oil like:
general dry skin
To conclude, the many wonders of black seed oil are still being researched and newer benefits keep appearing. It is no wonder then that this a must-have for anyone opting for a healthier lifestyle.